EBOR RACE WEEK – IMPORTANT ENTRIES FOR THE TEAM
Fields Of Fortune kicks off the week for us at Kempton Tuesday 22 August race time 5.15, where he will be ridden by Hollie Doyle. Fields Of Fortune is having his first run with trainer Alan King, having left Richard Hannon’s to pursue a dual-purpose career. He was unlucky not to win at Salisbury earlier this year and was an excellent second of 18 at Sandown on his racecourse debut last year. He is yet to school over hurdles, but looks the type to do well and his sire Champs Elysees is producing plenty of winners.
Just In Time made a pleasing seasonal debut to finish second at Leicester recently when upped in trip and not ideally suited by the testing ground that day. He is by the sire Excelebration who is making a name for himself and is a nice horse who will make his mark both on the flat and also over hurdles, which is why he is with Alan King who is so adept at mixing the two disciplines. Alan reports him in good form and he will be aimed at Goodwood on Saturday 26 August race time 5.05 and Fergus Sweeney will ride. He does hold a back up entry at Salisbury on Friday 25 August evening meeting race time 7.55.
Royal Household, already a winner at Goodwood, is due to run there on Friday evening 25th August in the 7 furlong nursery race time 6.15.
On To Victory had several options this week, but will not take up his entry in the Great Voltigeur at York on Wednesday, but is most likely to run in the Melrose Stakes on Ebor day at York Saturday 26th August. He will also have a contingency entry at Goodwood on Saturday race time 3.55.
Scarlet Dragon ran right up to his best form finishing a close third at Glorious Goodwood competing in Pattern race company for the first time in the UK. He represents us in the Ebor, the centrepiece race at York on Saturday and Europe’s richest handicap on the flat. He will be ridden by Hollie Doyle, claiming a valuable 3lb.
Waiting in the wings is Who Dares Wins. His long term seasonal objective will be the Cesarewitch on October 14th, but we will be considering entries for him at Chester on Saturday 2nd September and also Goodwood and Kempton on Tuesday 5th September. He ran really well when third in the Ascot Stakes and also when beaten only a length and a quarter in the Chester Cup in May. A big prize is not far away for him and he is already proven over hurdles, being placed third in the Coral Cup and impressive winner of Gerry Fielden Hurdle at Newbury last season.
ANGEL’S QUEST SHOWS BLISTERING SPEED TO WIN AT WINDSOR
Angel’s Quest went to Windsor on Sunday 13th August with some pretty decent form, especially in handicaps at Goodwood and Newmarket. She was entitled to start at odds on for this contest on all form figures, but the drop back in trip to 6 furlongs was a concern. She had been a very good second beaten in a photo finish at Newmarket over a mile and had also, although finishing 8th at Goodwood, beaten only 4 lengths at that prestigious venue.
Angel’s Quest showed a lot of pace to get rid of the second favourite Razzmatazz, but as Shane Kelly her jockey reported afterwards, he probably allowed her to do too much early and she just hung on when emptying out near the finish. She prevailed by a neck and she is a lot better than the bare form suggests.
Angel’s Quest got the Best Turned Out prize and really deserved this success. She is a very big filly and still on the weak side and could well improve in to a really nice 4 year old handicapper. All connections were delighted with Richard Hughes and his team, whose first winner this was for HP Racing and I hope there will be plenty more – we will certainly be sending him a yearling this year.